Weather Authority: Icy Tuesday morning commute

Weather Authority: Icy Tuesday morning commute

They saw that the forecast was calling for heavy rain in the early morning hours so they held off treating the roads since the rain would just wash it away.

The ice could cause power outages, tree damage and make travel risky and almost impossible, including during the Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning commutes.

More than 100 area schools canceled class Tuesday.

The weather service said off-and-on freezing rain has been occurring overnight, with one-tenth to two-tenths of an inch north of the Kansas City metro area, and a light glaze in the Kansas City area.

He said this is a challenging storm to deal with, since it involved spurts of rain and then freezing rain, which can impede the treatments. The first is expected to erupt southwest of Austin tonight, with storms blowing up closer to the border.

Say hey to Spring by Tuesday
Say hey to Spring by Tuesday

Freezing rain with icing is expected north of a line from Lone Rock to Columbus to Sheboygan Monday afternoon through Tuesday afternoon, prompting the Weather Service to issue a winter storm watch for a large area to the north of Madison.

Meteorologist Mark Larson says icy conditions early Tuesday should improve later in the day but there are more chances for wintry weather, rain and thunderstorms on the way to Kansas through week's end as a very active weather pattern sets up across our region. Highs are near 40 degrees.

Strong to Severe Thunderstorms: Isolated storms may produce up to 1 inch hail and wind gusts up to 60 miles per hour. Wind: N 10-20. Low: 18. For meteorological winter, Madison has received 27.2 inches, 5.9 inches below normal. With eight days left in February, Austin has recorded only 0.39 inches of rain - far short of the month's normal amount, 2.02 inches.

Sweet Home's forecast is similar, except that it predicts snow accumulation of 1 inch to 3 inches on Tuesday night and less than a half-inch on Wednesday.